Schumacher Lectures 2012
Saturday, 9th June – Council House, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West(1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), and on the Board of the SW Regional Development Agency (1999-2008).
He is also the Founder and former Executive Director of the Australia Institute. Hamilton has written about the issue of climate change politics over a period of some 15 years as well as the issues of consumerism and overconsumption.
Time Magazine called him the planet’s best green journalist’ and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was probably the country’s most important environmentalist.’ Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, he holds honorary degrees from a dozen colleges, including the Universities of Massachusetts and Maine, the State University of New York, and Whittier and Colgate Colleges. In 2011 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He heads the Investment Banking team and is a Fund Manager for Triodos Renewables plc, investing equity in a range of renewable energy projects.
James has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Energy Saving Trust’s Innovation Programme and is a member of the Finance Working Group of the government’s Renewables Advisory Board.
Monday 11th June – Council House, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
He is a long-term co-operator and has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice. From 2003 – 2009, he was Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council, merging this with two other bodies to found a new statutory consumer champion, Consumer Focus, in 2008.
Ed was described by the Independent as “the most authoritative voice in the country speaking up for consumers”, while the Guardian has nominated him as one of the top 100 most influential figures in British social policy. He has co-written a book, “Consumer Kids” with Agnes Nairn on marketing to children, published by Constable in 2009.
Solitaire is passionate (and occasionally argumentative) about the need to make sustainability desirable rather than doom-laden. As she says “selling sustainability isn’t like selling a new brand of soap, it’s like persuading people to use soap in the first place.” This is reflected in Futerra’s popular reports like the new climate message the Greenwash Guide and Branding Biodiversity.
Solitaire was named Ethical Entrepreneur of the Year 2008, is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce, Chair of the UK Green Energy Scheme, and is a London Leader for Sustainability. She holds Masters degrees in both Shakespeare Studies and Sustainable Development, which she admits is a little weird.
After distilling the social mobilisation strategy deployed with great success in India, she now turns it towards the mobilisation of women within TreeSisters. Clare is a lover of soil, dance, good food and meditation with a love of psychology, ecology and spirituality. She sees climate change as the perfect excuse to get radical and risk doing whatever it takes to create the world we choose.
Tuesday 12th June – Council House, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Now Tony is an independent sustainability and environment adviser, a senior associate with the Cambridge University Program for Industry, and special adviser with The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit.
He is the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Green Magazine.
He holds an MBA from Warwick Business School, a masters degree in Sustainable Development Strategy from Middlesex University and a BA in English and International Development from Sussex University.
In 2009 he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and of Forum for the Future. His favourite beers include Peroni fromItaly, Royal Challenge from India and Miller Chill from the United States.
Dr. Aimee Sayer
Her role focuses on ensuring a sustainable balance between water supplies and water demands; this includes work on water efficiency and the impacts of climate change.
Before working in the water industry Aimee was a researcher and undertook a PhD with Swansea University at the Royal Society’s Danum Valley Field Centre in Malaysian Borneo.
In 2009 he was named by Time magazine one of the World’s 100 most influential people for his work with electric cars and other alternative energy sources.
He has promoted energy efficiency, the use of renewable energy sources, and the generation of energy at or near the site where the energy is actually used.
He has written plenty of books the last of which is called Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era.
Wednesday 13th June – At-Bristol, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Kevin is best known for the BAFTA-nominated Grand Designs and the Stirling Prize. In 2009 he won a Prix Italia for his Grand Tour. He has made series about architecture, design and urban planning and is currently filming a series about a shed.
In 2006 Kevin formed the development company Hab Housing. In partnership, the company is now building sustainable housing schemes across the West of England and last year completed their first scheme, The Triangle in Swindon, which was televised as a three-part series Kevin’s Grand Design on Channel 4 in December.
Rob was named by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 100 environmentalists. He is the winner of the 2009 Observer Ethical Award for the Grassroots Campaigner category, and in December 2009 was voted the Energy Saving Trust/Guardian’s Green Community Hero’. In February 2012, Rob and the Transition Network were among NESTA and The Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals’. He lives in Devon and grows food for his family.
After working for ten years in the music industry – as a composer and producer of both rock and opera – he moved in 1987, to Cornwall where he and John Nelson ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
In January 2011 he was appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Thursday 14th June – Council House, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
His latest book is ‘Eminent Corporations – the rise and fall of the great British corporation’. He was co-author of the ground-breaking Green New Deal report and co-founded the Green New Deal group. Andrew writes regularly for the national press and is on the boards of the climate campaign 10:10 and The Energy and Resources Institute Europe.
For many years he has worked for international development organisations writing extensively on issues of climate change and poverty reduction.
In 2009, accepting a role as an Ambassador for the WWF, the world’s leading environmental organization, Deborah actively supports environmental charities and initiatives. Deborah sits on the Board of the Roundhouse, the North London arts centre, is an Ambassador for Lend with Care, Patron for Tusk Trust, Fellow with the RSA, Trustee for the Design Council and has recently become an Ambassador for WorldSkills London 2011.
Deborah joined the panel of investors for series three of the BBC2 program Dragons’ Den’ and has since invested in a number of businesses, ranging from Market Research to online Antiques valuations. Most recently she stepped in to acquire Fox Brothers, a Historic Textile firm based in the South West which was on the verge of closure.
Since Good Energy was founded over a decade ago it has effected real change in the energy market. It now supplies energy to more than 28,000 homes and businesses across the UK, and supports a community of more than 25,000 independent renewable generators, all harnessing natural power from the wind, water, sun or through sustainable biogeneration. Good Energy wants to change the way energy is made in this country and connect people with where it comes from – so they will value it more and use it less. Its vision is a 100% renewable future for the UK by 2050.
Juliet has won several accolades for her work, including the PEA Business Award CEO of the Year 2012, First Women Award (Retail and Consumer) 2011 and PLUS Markets CEO of the year 2009, 2010 and 2012. Good Energy has won a Sunday Times Best Green Company Award twice, an Observer Ethical Award and was named West of England Business of the Year 2009.
Friday 15th June – At-Bristol, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
She is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty, as well as Vice Chair of the Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups. She is also a member of the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.
Caroline continues to be an active campaigner on a range of issues and has been voted the UK’s most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer. She is also in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.
He is the author of several books of cultural history, most recently a revised edition of Ecological Ethics: An Introduction (2011).
Patrick reviewes books for History Today, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Independent and (most often) the Times Literary Supplement; appeared on two television programmes; and taken part in two programmes on BBC Radio Four. He also appears in interviews of two of the three extended New Line DVD’s on The Lord of the Rings.
Polly has received various nominations and has been named The Planet’s lawyer by the 2010 Performance Awards. She was identified as one of the top unreasonable people’ in the world by the cult US online magazine Planet Green for refusing to accept the norm and hailed by The Guardian as one of their Green Heroes working for the right kind of environmental change.
Saturday 16th June – Council House, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the 1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.”
John founded Environmental Data Services (ENDS, 1978), the consultancy and think-tank SustainAbility (1987-2008, where he is a non-executive member of the Board) and most recently Volans, where he is Executive Chairman.
Volans launched in April 2008, and is a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation movements. Volans applies thought leadership and global networks across these areas to develop solutions for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and investors.
John’s latest book, The Zeronauts was published this earlier this year.
Prior to setting up the company Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions.
He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad and in May 2005 delivered a talk at the Royal Society of Arts with Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface. In 2007 Michael Pawlyn delivered a talk at Google’s annual Zeitgeist’ conference and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. In the same year, his book Biomimicry in Architecture was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is currently working on a range of biomimicry-based architectural projects and a book commissioned by TED.
Working for the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 2005, has allowed her to bring her personal passion for sport and sustainability together creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire a generation through the delivery of a truly sustainable London 2012 Games.
Matt is the creator of Empath Man, who had his own mini-series on Radio 4 – “Very funny, very satirical” The Times – and his recent Edinburgh show also garnered excellent reviews.